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Baxter boy earns Eagle Scout rank

Joseph Wells, a Boy Scout with Troop 45, received the rank of Eagle Scout at a special Court of Honor at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Brainerd on Jan. 5. Recognized as one of Scouting’s greatest achievements, less than 4 percent of all Boy Scouts attain the rank of Eagle.

Kevin Pelkey, the executive director of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and former committee chair for Troop 45, presided over the ceremony. Father Brandon Moravitz and Father Daniel Weiske of the Brainerd Area Catholic Churches participated in the program as did Loren Meinke, chair of the Pine Tree District Committee. Wells’ younger brothers, Peter and Tommy, who also are Boy Scouts with Troop 45, served as the Honor Guard. Several scouts from Troop 45 recited John Wayne’s Scout Law. Wells’ older brother, John, who also is an Eagle Scout, presented the Eagle Charge. His father, Rocky, who is the outgoing Scoutmaster with Troop 45, talked about Wells’ Scouting experiences and administered the Eagle Scout Promise. Assistant Scoutmaster Dan Lee oversaw the presentation of the Eagle badge.

Knights of Columbus Council 1491 in Brainerd is the chartered organization for Troop 45.

Wells, 17, earned the Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout with Pack 36 in Baxter before crossing over to Troop 45 in March of 2007. A member of the SPL Leadership Team at Many Point Scout Camp and a graduate of the National Youth Leadership Training program, Wells served the troop as bugler, scribe, patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He coordinated the renovation of the library and youth ministry office at St. Andrew’s as his Eagle Scout Service Project. He also completed 31 merit badges, which is 10 more than necessary to earn the rank of Eagle.

Wells is a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church where he volunteers as an altar server, a Eucharistic minister, and an EDGE Core youth minister.

A senior at Brainerd High School, Wells is a member of the National Honor Society, Class Cabinet, and Wind Symphony. A state meet participant in swimming the last two years and a varsity letter winner in both swimming and track, he presently is a captain of the boys’ varsity swim team. Wells was elected Homecoming King earlier this fall and currently is employed at the Brainerd Lakes YMCA as a lifeguard.

Wells is the son of Crow Wing County Assistant Attorney Rocky Wells and Cathy Wells of Baxter and is the second of their seven children.

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